Traditional Irish Music
On Easter Sunday night at 9.30 pm TG4 will broadcast the Gradam Ceoil Traditional Irish Music Awards for 2014. It’s the highlight of the traditional music calendar and will feature a broad range of musical talent performing for one night only in front of a packed University Concert Hall in Limerick. The concert was recorded last Saturday night and we were present for what was a night to remember. The beauty of Gradam Ceoil is its ability to bring together musicians that you would not otherwise see on the same stage on the same night. We have been covering the build up to these awards on Tradconnect over the last couple of weeks. It is after all our own music Oscars and we celebrated it in style with a range of interviews and articles.
Our interview with Traditional musician of the year Harry Bradley proved very popular with in excess of 1,000 views, a first for an interview on Tradconnect. We also spoke to Young traditional musician of the Year Bryan O' Leary about his continuation of the Sliabh Luachra tradition and we spoke to Mick O' Brien about the Goodman Project which brought him a collaboration award with Emer Mayock and Aoife O’ Brien. Finally we spoke to Mick Moloney on his life in music in the USA and his Outstanding Achievement award. The other awards this year went to Nan Tam Taimín de Búrca for Traditional Singer of the Year and Chris Droney for Hall of Fame.
The evening consisted of some great performances with Bryan O’ Leary performing a great set with Gearóid Ó Duinnín on guitar and Colm Guilfoyle flute. From New York Joanie Madden turned up to play some music with her Cherish The Ladies group and to present an Outstanding Achievement award to Mick Moloney. She also performed on the night with Mick and the Mulcahy family. Harry Bradley described his life in music as colourful and performed a great set with a reunited Tap Room Trio including Colm Gannon on accordion. There was also some other great performances with Mick O Brien, Aoife O’Brien and Emer Mayock displaying some of the magic that made their Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts album success a success last year.
The concert was hosted by Páidí Ó Lionáird and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh who did a sterling job as always.
For viewers worldwide the TG4 Gradam Awards will be available to watch on the TG4 Player from Easter Sunday night 20th April at 9.30pm. Tune in for a great nights entertainment. For more information visit www.gradam.ie
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